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An Integrated Approach to Help Children and Youth who Experience School Disruption Due To: Homelessness, Foster Care Placement, Correctional Facility Placement and In-Patient Psychiatric Care
Role of Contact Person/Liaison
and In-Patient Psychiatric Facilities*
*(The term “agency” will be used to describe correctional facilities, school districts, state agency and in-patient psychiatric facilities in the description below)
v Determines who is/are the best person/team within “the agency”* to assist with the student’s support plan.
v Encourages use of natural communication channels that already exist in their “own agency”*
v Assists with the process if there is a breakdown in communication, i.e., can work with staff within own “agency”* or among “agencies”* to facilitate communication and support of children and youth.
v Reviews internal protocol of own “agency”* to enhance communication among staff who can assist youth
v Attends (or sends designee to) regional liaison meetings that are held 2 to 3 times a year.
v Informs own staff of new policies or programs or resources regarding these children and youth.
v Have knowledge of confidentiality laws
v Have knowledge of protocols and staffing of “agency”*
v Have ability to work with administrative and general staff to review internal protocols
v Have ability to communicate information from regional liaison meetings with appropriate staff from own “agency”.
v Have general understanding of policies and issues affecting these children and youth and is willing to participate in ongoing professional development when appropriate
v Have general knowledge of program or resources affecting these children and youth.
v Be willing to participate in ongoing professional development for carrying out this role.